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Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF) and the University of South Africa (Unisa) to launch the Thabo Mbeki School of Public and International Affairs (PDF) - 16 September 2020

20th Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture to be delivered by Reverend Al Sharpton (PDF) - 07 September 2020

Unisa sends condolences on the passing of broadcasting legend, Bob Mabena (PDF) - 10 August 2020

Unisa sends condolences to the Mandela and Madikizela Families for the untimely passing of Ambassador Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane (PDF) - 13 July 2020

Unisa response to the judgement of the Supreme Court of Appeal on the new Unisa Language Policy (PDF) - 2 July 2020

Unisa aces record online exam  (PDF) - 15 June 2020

An update on Unisa’s May/June examinations  (PDF) - 09 June 2020

Media Advisory - Call for members of the YALI Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa Advisory Board extended to 08 May 2020 (PDF) - 24 April 2020

Media Statement - Unisa May/June 2020 examination period to continue using alternative assessment formats  (PDF) - 17 April 2020
Media Advisory - Call for members of the YALI Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa Advisory Board (PDF) - 15 April 2020
Media Statement - Reported case of Coronavirus infection at Unisa (PDF) - 01 April 2020
Media Statement - Unisa's response to the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF) - 17 March 2020
Media Statement - Unisa experts available to comment on the 2020 State of the Nation Address (SoNA) (PDF) - 11 February 2020

Media Statement - Winners announced 14th Unisa International Piano Competition (PDF) - 06 February 2020

Media Advisory - Launch of the Education Changemakers leadership training programme (PDF) - 06 February 2020

Media release -Unisa and recognised trade unions (NEHAWU and APSA) agree to suspend strike (PDF) - 06 February 2020

Media release - On staff protest action (PDF) - 30 January 2020

Media release - Unisa list of experts available to provide expert opinion and commentary on the 2019 matric results (PDF) - 07 January 2020

Media Advisory - Community Dialogue on Elections, Democracy and Traditional Leadership in South Africa (PDF) - 18 December 2019

Media release - Unisa statement on the alleged non-payment of contract workers (PDF) - 18 December 2019

Media release - Unisa VC recuperating in hospital (PDF) - 07 December 2019

Media release - Unisa official closing ceremony of the 2019 academic year (PDF) - 04 December 2019

Media Advisory - King, Hofmeyr and Habib to speak on higher education risks (PDF) - 29 November 2019

Media Advisory - Unisa SBL to award the Leadership in Practice Award to South African Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago (PDF) - 26 November 2019

Media Statement - Unisa Principal and Vice Chancellor's response to recent media reports about Unisa (PDF) - 22 November 2019

Media statement - Update on ensuing Unisa examinations and the leaking of examination question papers  (PDF) - 20 November 2019

Media statement - Unisa Statement on Pretoria News article about a Unisa Professor and the university being sued by a Unisa student (PDF) - 19 November 2019

Media Statement - Unisa Statement on investigations into leaked examination question papers (PDF) - 18 November 2019

Media statement -IDRA (Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa) will host community indaba on the current status of decriminalisation and legalisation of dagga in South Africa (PDF) 11 November 2019

Media Statement - Unisa to confer the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (honoris causa) on the late Mr Philip Ata Kgosana (PDF) - 01 November 2019

Media Statement - Unisa to confer Honorary Doctorate on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (PDF) - 28 October 2019

Media statement - Update on NEHAWU strike at Unisa (PDF) - 25 October 2019

Media statement - Nehawu strike at Unisa enters third day (PDF) - 24 October 2019

Media statement - Nehawu strike at Unisa continues (PDF) - 23 October 2019

Media statement - Unisa statement on the protest action by Nehawu at the Sunnyside Campus (PDF) - 22 October 2019

Media Statement - Unisa to host Advocate Mojanku Gumbi (PDF) - 14 October 2019

Media Statement - The 9th Annual Percy Qoboza Memorial Lecture - 14 October 2019

Media Statement - Unisa’s School of Computing Ranked 5th For Research Output out of 23 Local Universities (PDF) - 11 October 2019

Media Statement - Unisa to launch the state-of-the-art Real-Time Digital Simulation Platform for Power Systems and Protection Automation Equipment (PDF) - 07 October 2019

Media Statement - 2019 Unisa Academic Highlights (PDF) - 19 September 2019

Media Statement - Unisa statement on concerns raised about its promotion criteria for academics (PDF) - 23 August 2019

Media Statement - Unisa management and student leaders reach agreement (PDF) - 08 August 2019

Media Statement - Unisa examination results released (PDF) - 01 August 2019

Media Statement - Unisa examination results and second semester registration (PDF) - 29 July 2019

Media Release - Unisa warns about the leaked examination paper (PDF) - 23 May 2019

Media Release - Debating 25 years of democracy ahead of the 2019 national elections in South Africa (PDF) - 05 April 2019
Media Statement - Unisa has not yet opened applications for the 2019 second semester (PDF) - 3 April 2019
Media Statement - UNISA 2019 Autumn Graduations (PDF) - 29 March 2019
Media Statement - Unisa appoints external legal firm to assess its investigation into sexual harassment complaint against its employee (PDF) - 28 March 2019
Media Statement - Unisa College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET) received a full accreditation by the Engineering Council of South Africa (PDF) - 25 March 2019
Media Statement - Unisa’s response regarding alleged unlawful treatment of Ms Gugu Ncube (PDF) - 12 March 2019
Media Statement - Unisa has already begun disbursing NSFAS allowances to beneficiaries (PDF) - 12 March 2019
Media Advisory: Unisa Inter-Generational Dialogue - Remembering Mama Mariam Makeba (PDF) - 28 February 2019
Media Advisory: Unisa Research and Innovation (R&I) Week 2019 (PDF) - 27 February 2019
Media Advisory: Unisa Open Day in Giyani Limpopo Province (PDF) - 20 February 2019
Media Advisory: The International Mother Language Day (PDF) - 20 February 2019
Media Advisory: Making sense of budget 2019 Panel Discussion (PDF) - 20 February 2019
Media Advisory: Unisa to enter into MOU with Eswatini Economic Policy Analysis and Research Centre (ESEPARC) (PDF) - 8 February 2019
Media Statement: Unisa experts available for comment on 2019 State of the Nation Address (SoNA) (PDF) - 7 February 2019
Media Advisory: Deutsche Bundesbank President to deliver Public Lecture at Unisa (PDF) - 6 February 2019
Media Statement: Unisa extends registration deadline for undergraduate qualifications to 31 January 2019 (PDF) (PDF) - 28 January 2019
Media Statement: Student strike called off as Unisa reaches agreement with the SRC (PDF) - 12 January 2019
Media Statement: Unisa cautions students to be on the look-out for predatory individuals or organisations (PDF) - 2 January 2019


Media statement: Unisa condemns website for peddling false and unauthorised information about the university (PDF) - 23 August 2018
Media statement: Unisa to join the international celebrations of the Centenary of Nelson Mandela (PDF) - 16 July 2018
Media statement: Unisa LLB programme gets full accreditation status (PDF) - 19 June 2018
Media statement: Allegations of sexual harassment at the Unisa Centre for Early Childhood Education (UCECE) (PDF) - 26 March 2018
Media statement: UNISA employee arrested at work by the HAWKS (PDF) - 26 March 2018
Media statement: Update on Unisa strike and salary negotiations (PDF) - 23 January 2018
Media statement: Pofessor Keorapetse William Kgositsile’s work donated to Unisa Library (PDF) - 16 January 2018
Media advisory: Unisa Decoloniality Summer School (15 – 26 January 2018) (PDF) - 15 January 2018
Media statement: Unisa to re-open applications for the 2018 academic year for first-time entering undergraduate students (PDF) - 15 January 2018


Media advisory: Disability Research Indaba (PDF) - 23 November 2017
Media statement: Unisa LLB Programme receives thumbs up from the Council on Higher Education (CHE) (PDF) - 17 November 2017
Media advisory: The International Day for Tolerance through Academic and Community Indaba (PDF) - 13 November 2017
Media advisory: 2017 First Lego League Competition Gauteng Central Region (PDF) - 13 November 2017
Media statement: UNISA to confer honorary degree on the late Steve Biko (PDF) - 9 November 2017
Media advisory: The 18th Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture and the conferment of Honorary Doctorate on Bantu Stephen Biko (PDF) - 6 November 2017
Media advisory: UNISA Chancellor's Calabash Awards 2017 (PDF) - 30 October 2017
Media advisory: Presenting the TAX OMBUD’S (Judge Bernard Ngoepe) Annual Report 2016/17 (PDF) - 16 October 2017
Media advisory: UNISA and German Embassy Panel Discussion on Climate Policy (PDF) - 13 October 2017
Media advisory: UNISA MACE workshop (PDF) - 13 October 2017

Es’kia Mphahlele Memorial Lecture (PDF) - 29 September 2017

The Launch of Unisa Polokwane Student Centre and the 8th Es’kia Mphahlele Annual Memorial Lecture (PDF) - 22 September 2017
Unisa Professor Scoops the 2017 NRF AWARD (PDF) - 18 September 2017
SMME Summit “OPEN INNOVATION” (PDF) - 13 September 2017
NATIONAL BOOK WEEK 2017 (PDF) - 7 September 2017
Julius Malema to graduate at Unisa Again!! (PDF) - 5 September 2017
Unisa Library supports reading at Correctional Facilities during National Book Week 2017 (PDF) - 4 September 2017
The Launch of a new Azanian philosophical society (PDF) - 30 August 2017
UNISA SBL Media Advirory SARB Governor (PDF) - 25 August 2017
Africa Speaks Invite (PDF) - 21 August 2017
UNISA – ABSA Public Private Partnership – Scholarship Programme (PDF) - 18 August 2017
Delay of delivery of student’s study material (PDF) - 14 August 2017
Unisa Language Festival School Roadshow Launch (PDF) - 2 August 2017
Women in Dispute Resolution (PDF) 1 August 2017
Schools Health Integrated Programme (SHIP) (PDF) - 31 July 2017
Unisa Professors scoop the 2016/2017 NSTF-SOUTH32 AWARDS (PDF) - 30 June 2017
The Suite, a story of love (PDF) - 21 June 2017
Can Themba’s The Suit -- then and now: A Critical Reflection (PDF) - 19 June 2017
Unisa students affected by the ensuing taxi strike on Thursday (PDF) - 15 June 2017
Manage democratic elections successfully in Africa (PDF) - 14 June 2017
Unisa and Department of Correctional Services enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (PDF) - 6 June 2017
A reflection on South Africa struggling to come to grip with its young democracy (PDF) - 26 May 2017
Africa Day Lecture Exhibitions (PDF) 19 May 2017
Unisa open day Student Indaba (PDF) - 19 May 2017
Unisa Science Campus open day Student Indaba (PDF) - 19 May 2017
Africa Speaks Decolonising higher education notes (PDF) - 19 May 2017
HSRC’s Africa Week programme to look at promoting research and innovation (PDF) - 12 May 2017
The 4th Annual Colloquium “WIPHOLD-Brigalia Bam Chair in Electoral Democracy in Africa” (PDF) - 19 April 2017
Media Advisory: Sarafina “After” Apartheid: Critical Reflections (PDF) - 19 April 2017
Media advisory: Launch of Unisa and Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance Early Childhood Education Development project (PDF) - 30 March 2017
Media release: Mbeki to preside over first Unisa graduation ceremony (PDF) - 15 March 2017
Confirmations: Inauguration of Former President Thabo Mbeki as Unisa Chancellor (PDF) - 27 February 2017
Media invitation: Inauguration of Chancellor Dr Thabo Mbeki (PDF) - 27 February 2017
Media response: Star Newspaper: Rape allegations against Unisa Professor (PDF) - 13 February 2017
Media release: About Africa Speaks Lecture Series (PDF) - 6 February 2017
Media statement: Strike by Unisa employees resolved (PDF) - 31 January 2017
Media statement: UNISA and NEHAWU sign agreement on 2017 salary increases  (PDF) - 31 January 2017
Media advisory: UNISA Decoloniality Summer School (PDF) - 9 January 2017
Media statement: Unisa academics available to provide expert commentary on the 2016 Matric results (PDF) - 4 January 2017

The University of South Africa (Unisa) has noted with concern an article that appeared in the Pretoria News of Tuesday, 19 November 2019 titled ‘Unisa ‘sex pest’ sued by student’.


The university confirms that it is aware of this matter; which is currently the subject of legal proceedings in the high court. The university’s position is that matters before the court must be dealt with before that forum without a public interrogation based on incomplete facts.


The court case emanates from a complaint lodged by a student, which resulted in an internal disciplinary hearing held by the university against the professor in question. Allegations of sexual harassment were levelled against him by the complainant.


The disciplinary hearing found the professor not guilty of the alleged offense, and the complainant has brought an application in the high court to have the findings of the disciplinary hearing reviewed and set aside.


The university condemns all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment. In equal measure, it condemns the issue of sexual harassment allegations to settle personal scores. It is also committed to its policies on harassment, including the sexual harassment policy; and any transgressions to university policies are dealt with harshly and line with such policy pronouncements.    


The university’s position on gender-based violence and harassment shall not be compromised by instances where there are no genuine complaints. Equally, where there are genuine complaints, the university has acted strongly and will continue to act decisively and firmly without any fear or favour.


The university equally respects and protects the rights of all employees to fair processes and to defend themselves against any allegations levelled against them.


Once a decision has been made by an independent and objective process, the university respects such decisions; whilst it is also obliged to respect the rights of other parties to take any matter on review.